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Caroline Bedell Thomas papers, 1917-1985
2.5 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00162

Abstract:
Caroline Bedell Thomas was a physician, researcher, and professor. Papers include family and professional correspondence, articles, newspaper clippings, and photographs. There are also two volumes of privately published World War II letters between Bedell Thomas and her husband, as well as a series of letters between Bedell Thomas and Dorothy Dushkin.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

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Biographical / Historical

Caroline Cunningham Bedell was born in Ithaca, NY on 29 Nov 1904, the daughter of Mary Louise Crehore (Smith College 1892) and Frederick Bedell, a physics professor at Cornell University. She graduate summa cum laude from Smith College in 1925 and from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1930. She married Dr. Henry Thomas (1891-1966) in 1934 and together they had three children, Henry III (b. 1935), Eleanor (b. 1939), and Mary (b. 1940). Caroline Thomas was simultaneously building an impressive medical career devoted to cardiovascular research. She joined the teaching staff of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1935 and was on the clinic staff. At the same time, she served as physician at the Bryn Mawr School for Girls, 1935-38 and as a civilian consultant to the Army Surgeon General during World War II. She also maintained a private practice, 1938-70. Dr. Thomas was best known for her research. She proposed and demonstrated the prophylactic value of sulfanilamide for rheumatic heart disease and in 1946 began the longitudinal study of predictors of heart disease, cancer, and suicide known as the Precursors Study. She directed the Study until 1984. Throughout a long and distinguished career she won many fellowships and awards including an honorary Sc.D. from Smith College (1955), and had the distinction of being one of the first named to the Johns Hopkins Alumnae Association Hall of Fame (1993). She died 14 Dec 1997.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Caroline Bedell Thomas include correspondence, published articles and newspaper clippings, and photographs. The bulk of the collection consists of family correspondence, including two volumes of privately published World War II letters between Bedell Thomas and her husband, as well as a series of letters between Bedell Thomas and Dorothy Dushkin.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Preferred Citation

Caroline Bedell Thomas Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, SSC-MS-00162, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

Source unknown.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
Biography


Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence



General


Box 1: folder 2
Christmas letters


Box 1: folder 3
To children
1961-1962

Box 1: folder 4
To mother
1917-1918

Box 1: folder 5
From Dorothy Smith Dushkin (includes Kinhaven Music School correspondence and printed material)
1930 1952-1985

Box 1
Letters to editor


Box 1: folder 6
Photographs


Box 1: folder 7
Thomas, Henry M.


Box 1: folder 8
Writings



Bibliography


Box 1: folder 9
Reprints


Box 1
"World War II in the Pacific" - letters from C.B. Thomas to Henry M. Thomas, Jr.


Box 2

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Subjects
  • Clevenger, Mary Thomas
  • Dushkin, Dorothy
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine--History--Sources
  • Medical education--United States--History--Sources
  • Physicians--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Thomas, Caroline Bedell
  • Thomas, Eleanor
  • Women physicians--United States--Biography--Sources

Genre terms
  • Writings
  • correspondence
  • photographs


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